Rose’s Luxury

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Strawberry Pasta in a Capitol Hill Farmhouse

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Sometimes Capitol Hill really throws a surprise at you.

No, not in a bipartisan, let’s-not-shut-the-government-down-after-all kind of way.

More like in a crazy-gin-infusion-and-even-crazier-pasta kind of way.

Speaking of the latter, here’s Rose’s Luxury, a date spot that’s ambitious yet cozy, opening Wednesday on Barracks Row.

This isn’t a date spot that hits you over the head with the romance. Nope, this is like a two-level French farmhouse-cum-antiques-gallery that hits you over the head with conversation pieces—old-school diner stools at the open kitchen, washbasins used as planters and the Popcorn Soup with Grilled Lobster in front of you.

It’s first-come, first-served seating, so get there a little early and make for the glass-covered atrium in back. Then start summoning a wacky mélange of dishes like Pork and Lychee Salad, and spaghetti with tomato, strawberries and ricotta.

But if you want to make a marathon of it, hang upstairs at the 10-seat bar, where you’ll find copper kettles, chandeliers and an old GE fridge. It’s open until 1am, which gives you plenty of time to try drinks made with stuff like black-pepper-infused gin and blueberry pickling liquid.

Yes, the fridge still works.

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Rose’s Luxury
717 8th St SE
(between G and I)
Washington, DC 20003
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